You had a lot of questions yesterday and I have lots of answers. Notice similar answers to many of the responses.
Question #1: “I have very toned arms legs & arms, but my belly stills holds the last bit of my fat that keeps me from having my perfect body. I do 2 x 20 interval runs a week (1 minute walk & 1 minute run) and then once a week I do a 6km jog. When is interval cardio the best? Should I be doing more endurance running instead?” – Heidi
I’m not going to change your program Heidi. Refer to the two protocols from yesterday and I suggest you use a combination as you’re currently doing.
Increase the intensity until you hit your top goal pace for the 20 minute workouts. And build up to 10 km on the long run.
Questions #2: “Can sprinting be done instead of just jogging for 3×20 minutes? I’m training for basketball and I don’t want to lose my vertical leap by doing anything too long distance, plus sprinting is a great lower body workout. How would you suggest incorporating sprints into a workout plan?” – Alex
Alex, On your off days which means on the days you do not play basket ball or lift weights. Yes, trade in your jogging workouts for intervals if speed and power are your goals. Start with 30 second sprints and 90 second rest periods.
Question #3: “I usually do cardio on my days off studying martial arts. But i sometimes wonder if it’s too much cardio. Sessions typically last between 1:2 – 2 hours a time. I have the typical skinny fat guy sydrome, podge belly with small arms and shoulders. My muscles are very stubborn and i find it hard getting enough calories. Is this cardio too much, not enough, wrong type or about right?” – Dan Bull
Hey Dan. Prioritize three weight training workouts, using my No Nonsense Muscle program, every 48 hours to take care of your muscle goals.
Do your martial arts on their own days.
Perform 10-20 minutes of interval cardio after your weight training days.
Put that plan into action for 6-weeks and record everything you learn.
Question #4: “hey vince I can’t run so well cause it just makes my knees worse, so I swim. When i swim though i swim every day for 30 minutes before my workout. Then I workout for an hour and a half, so all together it ends up being 2 hrs. But I want to lose my gut and gain arm mass. So should I cut down on my workout to make my cardio longer? like swim for an hr? and maybe instead of doing 3 or 4 different workouts for each muscle do maybe two instead? to make the time less? just wondering…” – Charles Badger
Hi Charles. Swimming before your weights is fine. You may want to try it switched around just to double check which one allows a better weight training workout.
You’re confused right now with too many options. Make ONE plan and ride it out for 4-6 weeks and learn all you can. I suggest 1 day of just swimming and 1 day of just weights. Three 1 hour swims and three 1 hour weight workouts.
Join a swim team so you start swimming harder. Find a workout partner or trainer to push you on your weight days. Sounds like you’re intensity needs to be cranked.
Question #5: “I do 30mins CV training 2/3 times weekly on non weight training days. Am I just wasting my time and should I ditch these in favour of this interval training post workout? Is this interval training post weights workout more affective at burning more body fat?” – Phil
Yo Phil. You’re never wasting your time if you have reasons for doing something. Even if it’s too watch Oprah while you do your cardio. If you’re getting results, you’re never wasting your time.
You’ll only know if interval cardio works until you try it. Yes, you’ll burn more overall calories with interval training if done properly. Start doing 30 minutes of interval cardio 2x a week and 1 easy 30 minute cardio workout. If you’ve never done interval cardio, you’ll see some rapid results.
Question #6: “Whens the best time to do cardio before or after a workout ? Or on a separate day all together?” – Carl
I prefer to do my cardio program early in the morning to take advantage of depleted glycogen stores and more fat mobilization.
I like weights in the evening because I’m more alert and have a few meals in me and since I’m a hardgainer this gives me an edge to build more muscle.
Performing your weights as far away from your cardio is the best plan for muscle building but not necessary for fat loss.
I prefer cardio after a workout because I prefer more energy for more weights. It’s personal preference and the best way to bust a plateau is to do the opposite of what you’re currently doing.
Question #7: “It is an interesting video. Is it better to do cardio 4 times a week for a shorter time, or 2 times a week for a longer period of time?” – Natalia
Only you can answer that Natalia. Test both methods and let us know what you learn about yourself. I would say it’s better to go more frequently for a shorter time so your intensity is higher and you get more metabolic boosts throughout the week.
Question #8: “I just want to know that can we do cardio at separate time in a day.like i use to work out in the evening.so what if i do cardio(specially running) in the morning. I use to hit gym 5 days a week,so i have to do cardio haw many days.” – Akshay
This is fine Aksahy. You’ll have to test it and learn from doing, not asking about it. If you hit the gym 5 days a week you could do interval cardio after your weight 3 of those times and long, slow cardio 2 of those times.
If you can do all your cardio in the am and weights in the pm, you’ve got a great schedule and if this amount of training does not burn you out, go for it. Your body is smarter than anyone else so listen to it for feedback and make changes up or down based on it.
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